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April 13, 2012

BOMA Chair Passes Away
The AARC was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Philip Marcus, who passed away suddenly while vacationing in France last weekend. Dr. Marcus had served on our Board of Medical Advisors for a number of years and was currently chair of the Board. The AARC benefited greatly from his able advice and assistance on numerous projects and programs and will sorely miss his presence on the Board and in the profession.

Hess to Represent AARC on CDC Group
An influential CDC working group established to advise the government agency on ventilator-associated pneumonia surveillance will now be getting direct input from the respiratory care profession. The CDC asked the AARC to appoint a member to the group, and Dean Hess has agreed to serve as our representative. The group has already released a proposed surveillance definition algorithm for VAP events, and you can access it through our web story.

Summer Meetings Offer Added Value for Managers and Educators
This year’s Summer Forum in Santa Fe, NM, promises to deliver a wealth of need-to-know information for managers and educators, and our pre-course on Building a Simulation Toolbox and post-course on Maximizing Patient Education only add to the value. The Summer Meetings kick off on July 12 and run through the 15th at the beautiful Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder. Register by May 21 for earlybird savings!

Respiratory Legislation Continues to Need Your Support
Momentum is building in Congress for our Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative, legislation that would permit qualified RTs to work in a physician’s office without the doctor being on site. Now we need to keep that momentum going with more letters, calls, and emails to our members of Congress. Click on the link to find out why this legislation is so important to your future and how you can let your Congressional members know you support it.

Five Section Bulletins Online Now
If you’re a member of the Adult Acute Care, Continuing Care/Rehabilitation, Diagnostics, Education, and/or Home Care Sections, you can read your Spring Bulletins online now. Other section members: look for your Spring Bulletins to be published next month.

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